With the holidays in full swing and the new year nearly upon us we are in the midst of the season for gratitude, giving, and self-reflection. Over the last month as we build our own goals and success metrics in preparation for 2015 we’ve been reading Thrive by Arianna Huffington as inspiration for our next steps.
Society sends a strong message relating to success on a constant basis. Historically money and power have been the main metrics used in judging success. Busy is good. Money is good. Titles are good.
But how does the societal definition of success really fit into a successful life?
Huffington recognized the need for this reflection when exhaustion caused her to collapse. The result was a broken cheekbone, gash on her face, and newfound outlook on the true meaning of success. In Thrive, Huffington shares how the constant pursuit of money and power has lead to an epidemic of burnout and stress related illnesses.
She shares how we need to re-evaluate our definition of success to include a third metric which includes our well-being, sense of wonder, and capacity for compassion and giving. A true version of a life well lived.
While our business, our family, and each of us as individuals will certainly hold high expectations, and challenging goals for 2015 we will surely do so with our well being, sense of wonder, and service to others in mind.
Wishing you the best in the year ahead, may you Thrive in 2015!